Spleen : for voice or cello, and piano
by Attila Jurth (1961)
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Library shelf no. 783.67542/JUR 1 [Available for loan]
The Hungarian translation by Pál Justus (1906-1965) of Spleen by Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) from the collection of poems Romances sans paroles [Ballades without Words] published in 1874 was set to music by Attila Jurth for his sister Ildikó who had been a church choir singer for years. He later transcribed it to violoncello for his son Levente. The cello version was first published in the journal Australian String Teacher (vol. 11, no. 2, Spring 1989, p. 25-28)
Spleen can only be sung in the Hungarian language.
Instrumentation: Voice or cello, and piano.
Duration: 2 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Ildikó Jurth
Commission note: Commissioned by Ildikó Jurth
The composer cites the following influence on this work:
Related work: Verlaine's Spleen (in original French) from Ariettes oubliées (1886) for voice and piano L60 by Claude Debussy (1862-1918).
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